Street Tree Information

Street trees are within the City Right-of-Way and generally are between the curb and the sidewalk.  Our Parks & Forestry staff care for over 12,000 street trees in our City!

If you feel your street tree needs to be removed, please contact the office at 262-335-5080 with this request. City crews will remove the stump to City specifications and will restore the area with soil and seed.

18th Avenue Street Tree Demonstration

Our 18th Avenue Street Tree Demonstration area between Chestnut St and West Washington St. has some of our most popular street tree varieties.  Check back soon for an updated listing of the trees planted in this area.
Here is a list of the newly planted section North of Park Ave.

Free Street Tree Program

Did your street tree get removed recently and are you interested in replacing it, or do you have a large expanse of empty space and wonder if a tree would fit?  Then our Free Street Tree Program is for you!  We accept applications throughout the year.  Please click the online form link below to fill out the online application, or fill out the pdf form and mail it to us or drop it off, or you may stop in our office to fill out a form.  
Applications for the Spring 2022 tree planting are now being accepted.   Cut off date for applications is September 17, 2021.

Here is how the free street Tree program works:

  • Resident requests free street tree(s) through online form submission, over the phone or in Parks & Forestry office.  (see links below)
  • City Arborist and Forester visit sites to be sure the location complies with current spacing and capacity restrictions.    Tree planting guidelines.  Resident is contacted if any changes need to be made.
  • Requests are added to listing and totaled.  Appropriate funding is tabulated.  Tree Surety contract is put out to bid and awarded to private contractor once each year. 
  • In March, Free Street Tree recipients are sent a letter confirming site approval and tree species to be planted in spring of that same year.    New trees are at least 1.5" caliper.
  • Contractor will clear planting site with Diggers Hotline, dig hole, plant tree, stake tree, restore site, and mulch around newly planted tree.  Contractor will return to perform watering cycles should there be a dry spell.  There is no cost to the homeowner for any of these services.  Homeowner may choose to give tree additional water if it is found the soil is especially dry and are cautioned against over watering the tree. 
  • Contractor will return within 18 months to remove stakes.   If you notice any issues with your new tree within this time, it may be covered under warranty, so please call office at 262-335-5080 to report.

2022 Free Street Tree Application online form

2022 Free Street Tree Application pdf to Print

Tree Species available for
2022 Free Street Tree Program:

Early Glow Buckeye
Swamp x Bur Oak

For permission to grind out a stump in the City right of way, at your own expense, prior to City crews stump removal schedule, please contact our office for a Stump Removal Permit Application. There is no cost to apply for this permit.

  • Contact Parks & Forestry office at 335-5080 or stop in to our office at City Hall to obtain permit application form.
  • Meet with City staff to discuss proper stump removal and specifications.
  • After permit is approved, you would arrange and pay for cost of stump removal, soil replacement, and turf restoration.

For permission to plant a tree of your choosing, contact our office for a  Tree Planting Permit Application  There is no cost to apply for this permit.

Here is how the Tree Planting Permit program works:

  • Contact Parks & Forestry office at 335-5080 or stop in to our office at City Hall to obtain permit application form.
  • Fill out Tree Planting Permit Application listing your name, address, and the species of tree you would like to plant.
  • After tree location and tree species has been approved by our Arborist, you will be given the planting permit. (there is no cost)
  • You purchase and plant the tree at your expense. Tree species must be on our Approved Street Tree Listing
  • You return permit to our office listing the species of tree and date planted.
  • After two years, if the tree is still viable, you contact our office for a tree review and a rebate of $50.
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West Bend, WI 53095
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